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10 Exceptional crime thrillers in Mollywood


Oppam is Priyadarshan's first crime- thriller. In a recent interview, Priyadarshan had stated to the media that this is his first endeavor in making a film of this genre. The Mohanlal- starrer made an estimated collection of Rs 1.56 crore on its first day and beheld an evolution of over 13 percent on the second day. The first-week collection of the movie is said to be Rs 12.6 crore.



Beautiful is a ground- breaking movie in Malayalam cinema. It is only Once in a while that such films come that not just surprises you but makes you jump out of your skin so to speak. This Malayalam film, Beautiful which is directed by V K Prakash is one such film. Guzarish (Hindi release 16th Nov 2010) was a depressing tale as Jayasuriya’s character Stephen rightly puts it in the movie Beautiful.



Thira is a 2013 Indian Malayalam thriller film directed by Vineeth Sreenivasan. It stars Shobana alongside debutant Dhyan Sreenivasan in the lead roles. According to Srinivasan, the film was inspired by the book The Road of Lost Innocence: The True Story of a Cambodian Heroine by Somaly Mam.   Cine Shore reported that the film collected ₹4.02 crore (US$620,000) from 28 days and declared the film's box office performance as "average".



The movie is a very correctly done re-creation of Shattered. The acting performances were immensely awesome and the suspense was mostly edge of the seat stuff. Jayasurya, as usual, drew audiences onto him. In split-seconds, this movie instantly changes from a soft drama to a razor-sharp thriller is an absolute masterpiece. What attracts is the fact that it is unlike most Malayalam movies being released these days with unwanted bravery acts and invalid songs.



The film revolves around a prisoner and a journalist who tries to untangle the air of mystery that surrounds him.  It always feels good to watch Mammootty in Munnariyippu. He plays a man convicted of double homicide, a prisoner who refuses to leave prison even after he has served his sentence. The film which grows out of constant meetings between a mysterious prisoner and a curious journalist is a heart-warming instance of simple filmmaking.



Traffic is a 2011 Malayalam language Indian thriller film written by Bobby and Sanjay and directed by Rajesh Pillai. The film features Sreenivasan, Rahman, Kunchako Boban, Anoop Menon, Vineeth Sreenivasan, Sandhya, Roma, Remya Nambeesan and Asif Ali. Rajesh Pillai's Traffic is a brutally brilliant film in which he lends color to coincidence and unveils before us cogitation on the dynamics of chance. The film became a commercial success.


Mumbai police

Mumbai Police is a 2013 Indian Malayalam psychological crime thriller film written by Bobby-Sanjay and directed by Rosshan Andrrews. Mumbai Police completed filming in 56 days when the original schedule was for 60 days. The expected budget was ₹6 crores but was completed with a production cost of ₹5.75 crores. The film recovered ₹4.30 crores through various rights before its release. The Khaleej Times identified Mumbai Police as one of the "remarkable box-office success[es]".



Memories is a 2013 Indian Malayalam crime thriller film written and directed by Jeethu Joseph, starring Prithviraj Sukumaran in a leading role. The story of this movie is adapted from Blake Pierce's novel Before He Kills. The film had been remade into Tamil as Aarathu Sinam. The Times of India says that "Memories is an engaging watch, courtesy a decent plot and a cast that does justice to the plot."



Drishyam is a 2013 Indian Malayalam-language drama-thriller film written and directed by Jeethu Joseph. Sify stated, "It is not often that you sit in a theater with bated breath, never wanting to miss a moment of the film on the screen. Writer-director Jeethu Joseph's Drishyam is one such film, a gripping tale that leaves you spellbound with its skillful craft." Drishyam was the first Malayalam film to collect ₹500 million from its theatrical box office collections


Seventh day

7th Day is a 2014 Malayalam crime thriller film written by Akhil Paul and directed by Syamdhar. It stars Prithviraj as 42-year-old IPS officer David Abraham on the trail of an unnatural case. The film also stars Tovino Thomas, Anu Mohan, Vinay Forrt, Yog Jappe, Janani Iyer and Praveen Prem. Syamdhar is prudent in his choice of shots and arrangement of sequences, ably concealing the nerves of a debutant.